Someone’s gotta say it so here it goes: “Your mobile phone is NOT your private house phone.”
Yes it is a mobile device and you can take it just about anywhere you choose.
However the entire conversation does not need to be played out loudly in public for all of the free world to hear. We don’t need to know what you did last night and with whom.
I could care less about your baby daddy and what he did and didn’t do.
Lions and tigers and bears “OH MY!” we most certainly do not need the details aired out about your doctor’s visit in a confined space such as a bus ride home from a long day of working 8-10 hours.
What happened to the time where our business was private and we whispered? Conversations were confidential? Mobile phone manners are going just too darn far.
We are not the multi-taskers that we think that we are, and I have proof.
Here’s what I experienced just this weekend: A young lady almost got hit by a car why because she was not paying attention to the flow of traffic, but her cell phone conversation didn’t miss a beat. REALLY?
A driver decided to make a left turn two lanes from the right turning lane. Why? I’m just going to assume that it was because the person was talking on the phone and forgot where they were supposed to turn, therefore endangering the lives of all of those behind them.
I now know that some young lady has contracted an STD from her ex-boyfriend of whom she just recently got back together with only to break up again once she got the news. Now we all know!
Last but certainly not least, while at the grocery store in the self checkout line that clearly states 20 items or less, a young lady has an entire grocery cart filled with items that she can only put on the conveyor belt one at a time. Why? Because she has her mobile phone up to her ear with the other hand. So she takes her time loading her items one by one as she share her lovely conversation with all of us within earshot.
Really? I know that we have freedom of speech and mobile phones are not as expensive as they used to be, and yes, everyone has them but there is a time and a place for everything.
SO my plea to everyone with a mobile device is this…. WE DON’T CARE TO HEAR what you are wearing where, your dirty laundry, boyfriend business, who shot John or who slept with whom and caught what.
In a world where most mobile phones have unlimited minutes there is nothing wrong with saying “can I call you back at a later time?”
Preferably during a more private time when you can say what you mean and mean what you say without the rest of the world knowing your business!
Please use some discretion when speaking loudly on your phone in public places. Why? Because we can all hear you now! Is it just me or is anyone else tired of the madness? We would love to mind our own business but YOU SAID and WE ALL HEARD!
Yolanda (Yanni) Brown is the author of Making Love Better Begins Within. Meet Yanni and the other Chicks at the upcoming one-year anniversary event, "A Taste of Brown Sugar."